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Broncos believe Montee Ball is 'very, very capable'
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:28am
On the topic of RB Montee Ball...
"Obviously we think very highly of him," Broncos coach John Fox said at his NFL combine news conference Thursday. "I thought he had tremendous growth as a rookie running back in this league. He got better with every week. We look for a big improvement next year and think he's very, very capable."
Ball actually outperformed Knowshon Moreno on a per carry basis (4.7 to 4.3 YPC) but Moreno was significantly better in the passing game. The big question mark with Ball is his habit of putting the ball on the ground, though he cleaned that up down the stretch and in the postseason. If he's the lead back for the Broncos, his ADP will likely rise into the 3rd round, at least.
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Packers see Eddie Lacy as 'a three-down player'
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:23am
Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.
Arians: Cards will 'build offense around' Andre Ellington
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:20am
This paints a different picture of Ellington's potential usage than the comments from GM Steve Keim yesterday. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse, though Arians will have the final say on playing time. Ellington was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:04pm
If the Cardinals are counting on Taylor to share carries with Ellington, it's good news for Ellington.
Rashad Jennings a priority free agent for Raiders
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:02pm
The 12 interviews taped for Pro Football Talk on NBCSN at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday included Raiders coach Dennis Allen, and Allen suggested that Rashad Jennings is more likely to remain a Raider than Darren McFadden.
When listing the team’s priority free agents, Allen specifically mentioned Jennings, who joined the team in 2013 on a one-year deal. Allen didn’t mention McFadden, a first-round pick on 2008 whose rookie contract is expiring.
Rashad Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. If Oakland re-signs Jennings and lets Darren McFadden walk (as expected), Jennings will definitely be in the RB2 conversation.
Trent Richardson had scope on shoulder
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Norv Turner plans to get Cordarrelle Patterson more involved
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:48pm
Vikings GM Rick Spielman: First thing Norv Turner did was put in 10 plays for Cordarelle Patterson.
Spielman may be joking about the specific number of plays for Patterson, but the sentiment is clear: Turner wants to get Patterson more involved. Things are looking bright for the second-year receiver. He was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.
Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm
Ellington should see a bump in touches if the Cardinals don’t re-sign Rashard Mendenhall or bring in another established RB via free agency. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. It's a good sign that Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect 12-15 touches per game.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:58am
The Jets' brain trust is skeptical of Stephen Hill’s ability to become a reliable piece to the puzzle in 2014 and beyond, so it’ll be incumbent upon GM John Idzik to help fortify the offense with at least one big-bodied pass catcher in the draft.
Fred Davis suspended again
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:19pm
NFL announces that Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy.
Davis is a free agent but it doesn't look like he has much of a future in the NFL.
Danario Alexander having 'extensive' problems with knee
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:08pm
Alexander has required "multiple" surgeries on his right knee because of infection after undergoing a second reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament in January, a source told FOX Sports 1.
This setback has cast doubt upon whether Alexander -- a pending unrestricted free agent -- will be able to play in 2014.
At this point, we're not expecting much from Alexander in 2014. Hopefully, he can get the issues with his knee straightened out and eventually return to football.
Andre Johnson not retiring anytime soon
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:24am
While the Texans were the worst team in the NFL last season and the 32-year-old Johnson’s entering his 12th season, the seven-time Pro Bowler hasn’t given any thought to ending his career anytime soon.
“I know I’m not a second-, third-, or fourth-year guy. Everything comes to an end at some point,” said Johnson, who started all 16 games in 2013, recording 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. “But right now I don’t know when it might end. I’m feeling fine. I’m feeling healthy. So I’m going to continue to play as long as I can.
“Everybody knows that day when it’s over. When that day comes, I’ll have no problem stepping away. But right now I feel fine. I feel like I still have a few more years left in me.”
Johnson finished the season as the #12 WR but failed to find the endzone in the final seven weeks after scoring all five of his touchdowns in Week 9 (9-229-3) and Week 10 (5-37-2) against the Colts and Cardinals, respectively. With the #1 overall pick in their pocket, the Texans should get an upgrade at QB, though a rookie passer is always a bit of a risk. Johnson will turn 33 in July and is starting to show signs of slowing down. But he should continue to be a quality fantasy starter for at least another year or two.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:16am
Geno Smith prepared for the NFL scouting combine by working out with quarterback guru Chris Weinke at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. A year later, Smith is taking the same approach to his offseason.
The New York Jets' quarterback was seen Monday at IMG, working in a private session with Weinke, IMG's director of football operations. You probably remember Weinke as the former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State. Smith has been working with Weinke in recent days, trying to stay sharp and fine-tuning his throwing mechanics. Weinke also is tutoring Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft.
Smith finished as the #20 QB in his rookie season, but his per game production (12.5 PPG) left something to be desired. He got off to a good start, posting #14 QB numbers through the first five games, but he was just the #24 QB the rest of the way. He showed a better-than-expected ability to run around the goal line, resulting in six rushing TDs. Smith's prospects would improve if the Jets are able to upgrade a woeful receiving corps.